Hi there, welcome to Friday and another episode of Geek Native’s Routinely Itemised.
In this column, we look back at the week of RPG news as quick bullet points for you to speed read.
If you don’t need to speed read it’s worth checking out the RPG Publisher Spotlight for this month. I talk to Chris Tavares Dias about Dias Ex Machina.
It’s a story of how the Open Game License announcement Wizards of the Coast had planned for D&D 5e came to leak and end up online years early. We also find out that Dias Ex Machina has plans to re-release Amethyst next year.
Thank you to Geek Native’s patrons who make discoveries and interviews like that possible.
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Now, on with the news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- River Horse let us look inside the forthcoming Jim Henson’s Labyrinth adventure game.
- Wizards of the Coast release Infernal Machine Build as a charity adventure.
- Wizards also put a whole bundle of 3.5 and 3.0 Eberron books on sale.
- Wizards even found time to celebrate D&D turning 45 by creating 1,974 $300 dice sets.
- Privateer Press explain their shipping delays.
- Pelgrane Press has two different Cthulhu packs on Humble Bundle.
- Cubicle 7 showed us more at from Wrath & Glory Revised but don’t have an ETA on the book yet.
- As an experiment, Geek Native did a ‘video tour review’ of Free League Publishing’s Deluxe Alien RPG.
- Geek Native reviewed Blades & Blasters as aliens invade D&D.
RPG news from around the web
- Paizo Publishing gives us a look at the Starfinder Character Operations Manual.
- Paizo also blogged about downtime activities in Starfinder.
- Cubicle 7 discuss War in Warhammer FRPG.
- PEG is taking pre-orders on The Last Parsec – Jumpcorp Guide to Interstellar Salvage.
- Fantasy Flight previewed more of the Path of Waves with a look at The Ivory Kingdoms.
- At EN World, Richard Jansen-Parkes (Winghorn) reviews the new Robotech: The Macross Saga RPG.
- The Gaming Gang’s Sami Yuhas reviewed The Expanse: Salvage Op.
- Jeff McAleer video reviewed Paleomythic.
- J.R. Zambrano at the Bell of Lost Souls takes a look inside D&D Rick and Morty’s Starter Set.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- It’s D&D meme time with these renamed monsters.
- I took a look at the tiny little ‘story game/RPG’ Towpath.
- The Genre Police take a look at conspiracy theories.
- AlphaStream writes up How Downtime Rules Evolved and Left the PH and DMG Behind.
- Megan R Miller at Nerdarchy gave us The One Thing You Want to Know About NPCs in RPGs.
- At D&D Beyond, DungeonCommandr explained Session Zero: A Foundation for Greatness.
- The Piachu reminded us that Languages in RPGs are never fun.
- Wizo from Level Up Corner writes up an argument as to why Alignment in D&D is a diverse guide.
You can see those Kickstarters and other crowdfunding campaigns that caught Geek Native’s attention over at Kickstarter watch. Here are some industry projects worth a mention;
- Shards: Worldbuilding Zine from Stephen Coffey promises to be out for Christmas.
- Ulisses Spiele has Zorg Eternity: Cyberpapacy crowdfunding on Game On Tabletop with more than $75,000 raised.
- Thorn: City of Kings is a fantasy bronze age new project from Jim Pinto.
- Monte Cook Games have an Invisible Sun Slipcase solution on Kickstarter.
- Richard Iorio II is collecting funds for A Fantasy Town: A System-Neutral Setting for Fantasy Games.
- Beneath The Missing Sea is a fantasy horror adventure for Best Left Buried and other OSR games from SoulMuppet Publishing.
Gamerati News Update
Too busy to read? In just over 5 minutes Gamerati’s Marcelo Ferrari will walk you through the week that’s just gone.
What are your news highlights from the RPGscape this week?